Course ObjectiveIn this course, students:
• acquire knowledge and understanding of philosophical and social
science theories on science and technology development
• gain insight into the mutual shaping of science & technology and
• acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and issues
in the field of science and technology studies
• acquire knowledge and understanding of technological development
through Responsible Research and Innovation
• acquire knowledge and understanding of interactive methods for
directing and guiding developments in science and technology
• gain insight into the need for democratization of science and
• learn to recognize and operate the central STS concepts in their own
• learn to communicate verbally and in scientific writing about their
knowledge and understanding and to critically reflect on that
Course ContentThe ‘Managing Science and Technology in Society’ course offers an
advanced introduction into the academic field of ‘Science Technology &
Society Studies’, as part of the second year of the master ‘Management,
Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship for the Health and Life Sciences’.
As a MPA student you are trained to operate at the interface of your
natural science discipline and society, thereby making a contribution to
answering the complex social problems arising in these areas. At the
dawn of the 21st century, technology and science have an enormous
potential for transforming life on earth. At the same time, the
dimensions of our human culture shape the directions in which science
and technology develop. The production of scientific knowledge and
technological artefacts can solve some of our problems, but at the same
time they give rise to new problems. During this course you will study
the interactions of science and technology with society, and the various
ways in which they mutually shape one another. These interactions invoke
a lot of questions. Should we embrace genetically modified food? How do
new human reproductive technologies interfere with the way we deal with
sexuality and social responsibilities?
In this course you will get acquainted with a conceptual framework to
critically assess these kinds of questions. It aims at understanding the
intertwinement of science, technology and society, and the importance of
a broad concern with these interactions, in order to shape our future in
the way that we want it.
Teaching Methods‘Managing Science and Technology in Society’ is a fulltime course of
eight weeks (6 ECTS). The course schedule is available on Canvas.
The total study time is 168 hours. Tuition methods include lectures,
work groups, a group project and self-study.
The different elements have the following study time:
o lectures 22 hours
o work groups 12 hours
o group project 32 hours
o self study (including mini-essays) 86 hours
o examination (take-home) 16 hours
Method of AssessmentThe examination consists of:
- Mini-essay 1 (10%)
- Mini-essay 2 (10%)
- Final essay (take-home essay exam) (60%)
- SCOB-project (20%)
Both the essay exam and the SCOB project need to be passed.
LiteratureThe literature of this course consists of selected chapters from the
book "An introduction to science and technology studies", Sergio
Sismondo 2010, which can be purchased at the VU book shop. Complementary
articles are provided for via Canvas.
Target AudienceThis is a compulsory course for second year students of the master
Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life
Sciences. The course is optional for other Master students in the health
and life sciences.
Additional InformationMore information: T.J.Schuitmaker@vu.nl
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. T.J. Schuitmaker-Warnaar|
|Examiner||dr. T.J. Schuitmaker-Warnaar|
dr. T.J. Schuitmaker-Warnaar
dr. J.F.H. Kupper
P. Klaassen MA
prof. dr. J.E.W. Broerse
dr. B.J. Regeer
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group*, Lecture|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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